We consider if bulk annuity purchases should be of interest to a wider group of schemes. Whilst there were 132 transactions in 2017, this is still small compared to the 5,700 UK DB pension schemes. Are these other 5,500 schemes missing a trick, or does bulk annuity purchase still only make sense in a small minority of cases?
The use of LDIs, by which we mean the practice of using leverage to reduce the exposure of a pension scheme's funding position to interest rate and inflation movements, has become increasingly commonplace in pension schemes' investment portfolios.
In this paper we demonstrate the importance of governance and explain how taking the time to ensure you have strong governance in place will bring real benefits.
We consider the outlook for equities over the long term and the short term, before considering the options available to investors concerned that equities may be due a fall.
Are we seeing inflation being driven upwards by economic drivers rather than by policy-makers? In this paper we investigate whether the recent heightened level of inflation is expected to stay and what the investment options are for pension schemes that wish to protect against such a scenario.
In case you missed anything amid the rush to prepare for and get stuck into year-end reporting, this newsletter highlights the main points from some of the key regulatory publications between the period 1 October 2016 to 28 February 2016.
In this briefing note, we highlight the main points from some of the key regulatory publications of the summer months, covering the period 01 July 2016 to 30 September 2016.
We welcome the effort that the FCA has put into the TR16/2 review - focusing on good customer outcomes has always been important for well-run life insurers, and we agree with the FCA that it is important that all customers should be considered throughout the duration of their policy.
The FCA issued Thematic Review TR16/2, 'Fair Treatment of long-standing customers in the life insurance sector' on 3 March 2016. The work by the FCA in this area has the scope to have considerable impact on the industry as a whole.
Ever since the publication of Article 48 of the Solvency II Directive, there has been much debate and discussion as to the role and responsibilities of the Solvency II Actuary and how actuarial departments should be structured. In the Autumn of 2015, we carried out a survey to see how UK insurers have addressed the challenges